“Far From Home” sounds like a lyric from a song or something Dorothy would say when she arrived in Oz. In this case, our Dorothy is Tilly, and the Tin Man is Saru. You’ll notice that on this journey, the smartest and most action-oriented is Philippa Georgiou. Perhaps she’s the Lion and Scarecrow combined. 

Anyhow, this episode had a cowboy feel to it, perhaps echoing Roddenberry’s original pitch as a way to tell the cowboy story in space. As he put it, a “wagon train to the stars.” 

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After the last episode’s focus entirely on Michael’s arrival into the future, this one picks up with the Discovery and her crew’s fate.

When they emerge from the wormhole, the crew found that they all lost consciousness due to the G-forces. All systems were failing as the ship hurtled toward an unknown planet. Detmer (Emily Coutts) was able to land the Discovery in a field of jagged ice, and in one piece.  

NOTE: Many on social media said that the Discovery needed seatbelts on the bridge. During these landing scenes, the crew got tossed around. This is a fact. Perhaps they can get the same kind of seatbelts that the crew of the Kelvin Enterprise had. Those were cool.

When the crew rose to their feet after the landing, Detmer had a gash on the side of her head. Acting Captain Saru (Doug Jones) sent her to sickbay, then took charge of repairs. Tilly (Mary Wiseman) reported that sensors were down, meaning that they didn’t know where or when they were. Bryce (Ronnie Rowe Jr.) said that communications were down.

Jett Reno (Tig Notaro) complained of a bad back. Still, she diagnosed the ship’s problem to be a “ruptured plasma manifold.” This would take a bunch of time and effort to fix. The crew started to feel bad because they could not call for help or call Michael. Saru said they were together and alive. He ordered that all begin work on fixing the problems and to work in pairs due to the communications problem.

“I am aware that you all may feel an expedited need to see what is out there,” said Saru. “But, our first priority is in here… the integrity of this ship and this crew.”

Saru walked with Tilly through the ship. As he surveyed the damage, she told him that there appeared to be pockets of technology and life on the planet’s surface. The air was not quite breathable; this confirmed that they were not on Terralysium. 

Bryce found that the communications repair would take many hours, as the “transtator” would need to be rebuilt entirely. Georgiou walked up to see what Bryce was doing. Tilly looked at her boots, and there was blood and guts visible. She stomped the life out of the Leland AI creation. Yuck! 

“Somebody had to make sure he was dead,” said Georgiou. She then yelled at Bryce over the news that they had no communications. Saru stepped in and told her that they were all working to restore all systems. 

In sickbay, Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) tended to Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), who was severely injured before the Discovery jumped into the future. 

NOTE: It was cool that the production team incorporated the TOS sickbay sound effects into this scene. They hold up!

Culber said that others needed the bed, so he took him to the cellular regeneration chamber. Stamets would need to stay in there a few days before he could resume work. Stamets argued, but Culber insisted. 

“It’s good to have you back,” said Stamets.

“It’s good to have you alive!” said Culber. 

Dr. Culber has a wonderful bedside manner! Courtesy of CBS
Dr. Culber has a wonderful bedside manner! Courtesy of CBS

Meanwhile, Detmer got some medical attention from Dr. Pollard (Raven Dauda). Pollard fixed the gash on Detmer’s head and said there was no evidence of a concussion. She released Detmer, who was acting very strangely. Nahn (Rachael Ancheril) seemed to notice, as did Culber, but neither said anything. 

In the captain’s ready room, Georgiou asked why Bryce was not repairing the transtator. Tilly said because they did not have enough Rubindium to repair the device. Georgiou noted that the future brought them a new periodic table.

NOTE: It’s worth mentioning that we’ve had quite a few new elements through the years in Trek. I wonder how many new elements they will introduce from this new era.

Georgiou got upset because she wanted to be able to reach Michael. Tilly noted that the settlements on the planet might have a supply of Rubindium. She also said the ships on the planet look warp-capable but lack dilithium.

Tilly stammered, and Georgiou lost her patience. 

“Should we get the command training manual, or can you find your own way to make a point,” Georgiou said.

NOTE: All of the crew looked sweaty — even Saru. It reminds me of the TOS days when Shatner was almost always sweaty during the episodes. This adds to the story since the Discovery is all broken down, so it would make sense that the A/C is also not working as well as it should.

Saru stuck up for Tilly, saying that they were all aware that communications needed to be fixed. He also said that they’d go to the settlements and attempt to reveal as little of themselves as possible. Georgiou, again, was not impressed.

“They have an artificial atmosphere, Saru,” said Georgiou. “These are not Kelpians who haven’t seen a starship.”

NOTE: If that was supposed to be a jab at Saru, he did not let Georgiou know that this bothered him. 

Saru said they would barter peacefully. Georgiou said that a ship crash-landed where she was in charge; she’d have the ship surrounded, weapons drawn. 

Discovery on ice. Courtesy of CBS
Discovery on ice. Courtesy of CBS

“We will not abandon what we believe!” Saru said to Georgiou, sternly. Saru told Tilly that she would come with him to the settlement. Both Nahn and Georgiou were shocked by this choice.

“Are you trying to get us all slaughtered?” said Georgiou. “She has about as much psychic dominance as a kitten.”

Tilly started to get upset, but Saru caught her. He sent her to sickbay to have Dr. Pollard give them a treatment so they could breathe the thin air. He put Nahn in charge of the repairs and asked Georgiou to assist in the repairs of the EPS grid.

Stamets stumbled into the engineering area and saw a crew member cleaning up the bloody mess, which used to be Leland. Jett told him that they were working together, and he pushed back. He winced as he moved. Jett told him they ought to get someone else to climb into the Jefferies Tube to fix the problem. He took it as a challenge and climbed up to make the repair himself.

Saru and Tilly left the ship and looked at the frozen world for the first time. There were glaciers and rocks floating in the sky. WOW! 

“Are you trying to get us all slaughtered?” said Georgiou. “She has about as much psychic dominance as a kitten.”

Tilly talked nervously as they trodded along. He thanked him for choosing her for this trip. He said that she is a “wonderful first impression” for anyone they would meet. They spotted someone and followed him. 

Back on the ship, Nahn told Georgiou that the ice was “parasitic.” When the sun went down, the ice would consume the ship. They verbally sparred as they walked down the corridors. Georgiou said that Section 31 would beg her to take over, but she will not because “bureaucracy is where fun goes to die.”

They eventually met Linus (David Benjamin Tomlinson). Linus said the EPS grid worked on Deck 6, but Georgiou was more interested in the Saurian’s vision. 

“You must have an enormous visible spectrum,” said Georgiou.

“Hmm. 74,000 nanometers,” said Linus.

Nahn as portrayed by Rachael Ancheril. Courtesy of CBS
Nahn as portrayed by Rachael Ancheril. Courtesy of CBS

“We should talk,” said Georgiou. Nahn ordered Linus to Deck 8, and Georgiou said that she would join him.

NOTE: What is she up to? Georgiou is planning something. 

Tilly started wigging out, afraid as they followed the “guy.” Saru told her to contain it. They watched the guy walk between two rocks and transport somewhere. They pursued and suddenly appeared at the entrance of a bar… or perhaps we should call it a saloon. This is where the story started going full cowboy movie.

All of the humanoids in the bar surrounded Saru and Tilly. They were all pointing phasers. Saru tried to talk them down, but the humanoids (Coridanite) knew that the Discovery was a Starfleet vessel. 

One of the Coridanites lowered his phaser and said his name was Kal. He had been waiting for Starfleet to arrive for some time, thinking that they would be able to help. 

Saru asked what planet they were on, and Kat said they called it “The Colony.” He explained that they were miners, many Coridan. The others tried to get Kal to be quiet, saying that Zarah “will have tracked them here.”

Everything got quiet for a moment until Tilly mentioned that they had dilithium. Kal said they would need extra to sell at the Exchange (as seen in the previous episode). The humanoids agreed to fix the transtator in return for some dilithium. 

Kal started to fix the device with two chopstick-looking tools. He was drawing the part in the air, with “programable matter.” Tilly was not expecting this and stammered a bit.

Kal working with "programmable matter." Courtesy of CBS
Kal working with “programmable matter.” Courtesy of CBS

NOTE: This is a cool innovation, perhaps just one of many that we’ll see in the far future. But I don’t think that we’ll see many of these sorts of things because of The Burn. When society crumbles, innovation ends. This is like what happened with the Roman Empire. 

Tilly told Kal (Jonathan Koensgen) that he was good at using the programmable matter. He asked if he was “Starfleet material.” She agreed. He told her that he felt Starfleet would eventually come and help them. 

Saru asked the “bartender,” Os’ir, about Zarah, and mentioned that the Discovery had been drifting for some time. Os’ir said that Zarah was their courier (like Book in the last episode). He said that Zarah took this position by killing the previous courier and destroyed all of their “stuff.” Saru asked why the Federation had not stepped in, and Os’ir asked, “where are you from?”

Just then, Zarah and his thugs arrived. Kal told Saru and Tilly to leave. 

NOTE: As Zarah (Jake Weber) walked in, their boots clinked with “spurs.” Funny! 

Zarah knew about the Discovery landing and noted that there were huge gamma bursts and gravity waves when the ship arrived. He figured that they were “time travelers.”

Tilly was really good at surrendering. Courtesy of CBS
Tilly was really good at surrendering. Courtesy of CBS

He demanded to go to the Discovery, but Saru said, “no.” He shot Kal for fixing the transtator. It was quite a gruesome death. The beam from Zarah’s gun cooked Kal where he stood.

Zarah went through Tilly’s bag, saying that he would trade them to the Orions at the Exchange. Saru tried to bargain with her stuff for Os’ir’s life, but Zarah started to talking to his men in a different language. Saru said they’d get further by speaking in the “common tongue.”

He asked Saru how he couldn’t understand “pigeon.” Zarah told Saru that he had no authority, thanks to the Burn. Saru wanted to negotiate for the dilithium, but Zarah told him that Saru was wasting time. He warned that the ice would soon consume the Discovery.

Back on the ship, Nahn visited Jett and Stamets. She was looking for Georgiou, who was now missing. Jett scoffed, asking why Nahn thought that Georgiou would actually “help.” Funny!

Saru and Zarah came to an agreement, and Zarah ordered Tilly to walk back to the ship to get the dilithium. He warned her about the ice.

On the ship, Jett walked Stamets through the Jefferies Tube, but as he crawled, the ice affected the ship from the outside. He struggled as the Discovery rocked. Jett called for Dr. Culber.

At the bar, Zarah’s men found Georgiou and tossed her inside. 

NOTE: This is what the Discovery crew needs. I am a little disappointed that Saru rolled over so easily against Zarah. Kirk would not have allowed this. Georgiou is like Kirk. A badass.

Georgiou started talking to one of Zarah’s men, trying to sow dissent. Zarah finally shot her, but not on full power. He shot her a few times, allowing Saru to fight and take control of the situation. Tilly hid.

NOTE: Georgiou (of course) kicked butt in her high-heel boots. But Saru showed off a new power — he shot spikes from his cheeks. Wow! That was unexpected. 

Georgiou kicked butt in her high-heel boots. Courtesy of CBS
Georgiou kicked butt in her high-heel boots. Courtesy of CBS

Georgiou wanted to kill Zarah, but Saru stopped her. Tilly smashed a bottle over Zarah’s head. In a very tense moment, Saru ordered Georgiou to “stand down” and turn over the weapon. Georgiou resisted and pointed the gun at Saru for a moment, but eventually complied. 

NOTE: I believe this will be something to watch. Georgiou may eventually challenge Saru for command of the Discovery.

Saru promised that they would send dilithium back to Os’ir, and they would also leave Zarah’s vessel. Saru apologized. Os’ir sent Zarah out into the cold. He then told Saru that they needed to get back to their ship and then handed Saru an object.

“Personal transporter,” said Os’ir. “Welcome to the future.”

On the Discovery, Stamets got the job done, despite the pain. Power was restored. Bryce added the fixed transtator back onto the ship, and communications started working again. 

On the bridge, all was getting back into shape. Everyone checked in, except for Detmer, who was slow to respond. She cautioned that the ship was not designed for this. Saru said he knew, but they needed to try. 

“Personal transporter. Welcome to the future.”

NOTE: Is something going on with Detmer? Is the evil AI (Control) inside her implant? We shall have to watch this.

As the ice began to surround the Discovery’s hull, Detmer worked to blast the ship out. Tilly and Rhys detected a ship above. Georgiou said that it must be Zarah’s friends. Saru called for red alert. The enemy ship used its tractor beam to pull the Discovery out of the ice. They hailed the Discovery.

After a tense minute, Saru opened a channel. It was Michael! Everyone gasped and sighed. Michael said she’d landed there a year ago. 

“I’ve been waiting for you all this time!” said Michael. 

TREK REPORT SUPPLEMENTAL:

Very well done. I enjoyed this one for a few reasons. Like the Avengers movies, the writers broke up the team to get more lines for Detmer, Nahn, and others who usually have just a small part to play. So, the main character (Michael) got one full episode for her story. In contrast, Saru, Georgiou, ad the Discovery itself got another episode. Nice!

I also liked how we got a few hints on what may happen in upcoming episodes. For example:

  • Will Saru and Georgiou have a disagreement that cannot be worked out?
  • Is Detmer being controlled by an AI?
  • Will Book become part of the Discovery crew?

One question I had was that ships were much less reliant on dilithium in the TNG days than they were in the TOS era. The way I understood it, they were able to regenerate dilithium, and the crystal became more like a spark plug for the warp core rather than its power source. What happened to this technology? I hope we find out.

RATING: 4 out of 5

CREDITS

Co-Producers… Kirsten Beyer, Dana N. Wilson,
Producer… Thom J. Pretak,
Consulting Producer… John Ottman
Supervising Producers… Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Alan McElroy, April Nocifora, Jason Zimmerman
Co-Executive Producers… Anne Cofell Saunders, Aaron Baiers
Executive Producers: Olatunde Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Eugene Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Jenny Lumet, Heather Kadin, Michelle Paradise, Alex Kurtzman

Based upon “Star Trek,” created by Gene Roddenberry

Created by … Bryan Fuller & Alex Kurtzman

Written by … Michelle Paradise & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman

Directed by … Olatunde Osunsanmi

STARRING

Sonequa Martin-Green
Doug Jones
Anthony Rapp
Mary Wiseman
Wilson Cruz
Rachael Ancheril

SPECIAL GUEST STAR
Michelle Yeoh

Casting by … Margery Simkin, CSA; Orly Sitowitz, CSA
Music and theme by … Jeff Russo
Costume Designer … Gersha Phillips
Edited by … Scott Gamzon, ACE
Production Designer … Phillip Barker
Director of Photography … Glen Keean, CSC

Guest Starring

Tig Notaro
Jake Weber

Co-Starring

Lt. Keyla Detmer … Emily Couts
Lt. Gen Rhys … Patrick Kwok-Choon
Lt. Joann Owosekun … Oyin Oladejo
Lt. R.A. Bryce … Ronnie Rowe, Jr.
Lt. Nilsson … Sara Mitich
Red Eyes (Heavy) … Wole Daramola
Dr. Tracy Pollard … Raven Dauda
Lookout … Kevan Kase
Kal … Johnathan Koensgen
Os’ir the Bartender … Lindsay Owen Pierre
Ensign Hazmat … Sanjay Pavone
Linus the Saurian … David Benjamin Tomlinson

Associate Producers … Emma Sampson, Robyn Johnson
Production Manager … David Till, B.E. Sharp
First Assistant Director … Felix Gray
Second Assistant Director … Kevin Hourigan

Executive Story Editor … Sean Cochran
Staff Writers … Anthony Maranville, Chris Silvestri, Brandon Schultz

Canadian Casting … Lisa Parasyn, CSA

Original Star Trek theme by Alexander Courage

Executive Consultant … Bryan Fuller

Set Decorator … Peter P. Nicolakakos
Property Master … Mario Moreira
Supervising Art Directors … Joshu de Cartier, Jody Clement
Art Directors … Matt Middleton, Tania McGowan, Peter Mihaichuk
First Assistant Art Director-Illustration … Kirsten Herbst
First Assistant Art Directors-Illustration … Timothy Peel, Stephanie Chris, Matthew Harris, Alex Melvin, Alex Brock

First Assistant Art Directors-Set Design … Matt Morgan, John Kim, Ahn Mur, Monica Navarrete, Esther Kao, Mike Stanek, Tijana Petrovic, Nick Augustyn, Mel St. Clair

Third Assistant Directors … Ross Vivian, Kieffer Moxness
Set Production Assistant … Jaclyn McBride
Script Supervisor … Zoe Bigio
A Camera Operator … Francois Daignault
B Camera Operator … Michael Carr
C Camera Operator … JP Locherer
Sound Mixer … Ao Loo
Boom Operator … Sean Armstrong

Casting Associate … Jasmine Gutierrez
Canadian Casting Assistants … Kaitlin Lane, Tannaz Keshavarz
Location Manager … Melissa Warry-Smith
Studio Manager … Josh Campbell
Location Production Assistants … Bryan Hoover, Pasquale di Salvo

Costume Supervisors … Karen Lee, Kim Harkness
Assistant Costume Designers … Carly Nicodemo, Daina Valiulus, Michael Ground
Lead Character Designer … Neville Page
Department Head Make-Up … Shauna Llewellyn
Department Head Hair … Ryan Reed
Make-Up Effects Department Heads … Glenn Hetrick, Mike Smithson

Prosthetic Makeup Special Effects and Specialty Armor designed and created by:
Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page’s Alchemy Studios

Production Accountant … Joanne Barrington
First Assistant Accountants – General … Rose Lister, Tim Hay, Vanna Roopchand
First Assistant Accountant – Payroll … Emilt Halfon, Allyson Cameron
First Assistant Accountant – Construction … Susan Al’Thor
Second Assistant Accountants … Rebecca Pearson, Sonia Terzyan

Lead VFX Supervisor… Jason Zimmerman
VFX Supervisor … Ante Dekovic
VFX Producer … Aleksandra Kochoska
VFX Associate Supervisor … Alex Wood
VFX Project Manager … Sunny Ye
VFX Lead Artist … Charles Collyer
Compositors … Greg Wadsworth, William Marker
Senior VFX Coordinator … Marina Abramyan
VFX Coordinators … Shawn Ewashko, Peter Davis, Andrew Jacobs, Valeria Rocha
VFX Consulting Supervisor … Mahmoud Rahnama

Production Coordinator … Alison Waxman
Script Coordinator … Dan Hindmarch
First Assistant Production Coordinators … Allison Lahav, Taylor Danton,
Second Assistant Production Coordinator … Laura Miles
Office Production Assistants … Chris Stiebel, Kevin Hazlehurst, Mickey Macdonald

Storyboard Artist … Rob McCallum
Digital Asset Manager … James Jarvis
Art Department Coordinator … Taylor Flook
Art Department Coordinator-Motion Graphics … Robyn Richardson
Clearance Coordinator … Cassidy Watkins

Stunt Coordinator … Christopher McGuire
Special Effects Coordinator … Darcy Callaghan
Lead Dressers … Chris Deeley, Yurii Shevts, David Lyloff, Greg Carson
Contact Lens Supervisor … Mandy Ketcheson

Key Scenic Head Painters … Jason Kirk, Tim Campbell
On Set Painter … Claire Rosa
Construction Coordinator … Gregory Aquila
Head Carpenter … Paul Jefferson
On Set Carpenters … Joacim Orton, Chris Edgson, Caren Aurtinan
Transportation Coordinator … Rob Davis
Transportation Captain … Andrew Langevin
Transportation Co-Captain … Craig Dwyer

ICELAND UNIT

Iceland Second Unit Director … Jason Zimmerman
Iceland Producer … Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson
Iceland Production Managers … Hjortur Gretarsson, Sindri Kjartansson
Iceland Production Coordinator … Erlingur Jack Gudmundsson
Iceland Chief Lighting Technician … Johnathan Devany
Iceland Art Director … Atli Geir Gretarsson

Post Production Supervisor … Gala Goliani
Assistant Editor … Nick Rucka
VFX Editors … Elaine C. Adrianos, Erika Edgerley Robbins
Post Production Coordinators … Joshua Calloway, Nicholas Estrin-Barks
Post Production Assistant … Tony Lugo

Assistants To A. Kurtzman … Monica Shapiro, T’Essence Minnitee
Assistant To M. Paradise … Agunda Okeyo
Assistant To H. Kadin … Tallinn Kiefer
Assistant To A. Baiers … Maggie McFarren
Executive Assistant Toronto … Cornelia Audrey
Writers’ Assistants … Auriel Rudnick, Carlos Cisco
Writers’ PA … Eric J. Robbins

Technical Consultants … Dr. Erin MacDonald, Dr. Mohamed Noor
Dialect Coach … Alan Anderson
Translators … Alan Anderson
Craft Services … Star Grazing Inc.
Servers … Darlene Ibbitson, Monica Madden, Anthony Natoli,
On Set Caterers … Gourmet Catering

Sound Services By … Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services
Sound Supervisor Sound Designers … Matthew E. Taylor, Tim Farrell, Harry Cohen
Re-Recording Mixers … Todd M. Grace, CASS, Ed C. Carr III, CAS
Mix Tech … Rick Santizo
Dialogue Editor … Sean Heissinger
Foley Editor … Clay Weber
Sound Editor … Michael Schapiro
Foley Artists … Alyson Moore, Chris Moriana
Foley Mixer … Darrin Mann
Sound Assistant Editors … Deron Street, Damon Cohoon
Music Editors … Stan Jones, Moira Marquis
Score Engineer and Mixer … Michael Perfitt
Scoring Assistant … Tracie Turnbull
Orchestrator … Amie Doherty
Orchestra Editor … Sam Lucas
Score Wrangler & Editor … Matea Prljevic
Studio Assistance … Natalia Goldstein
Assistant To Mr. Russo … Valerie Hillsmith

Camera, Lenses And Post Production Services By … Sim
Sim Supervising Producer … Byron Smith
Sim Online Editor … Chad Cole
Final Colorist … Todd Bochner
Editing Systems … Pacific Post

Grip And Lighting Equipment by … Sim Lighting And Grip
Original Main Title Design by … Prologue
Main Title Design by … Picturemill
Visual Effects by … Crafty Apes, Ghost VFX, Pixomondo

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